Since the coronavirus outbreak changed our lives, healthcare providers like doctors and nurses have been invaluable in the fight against it. Healthcare professionals are putting their lives on the line daily to help provide lifesaving care for victims of COVID-19. That’s why Dr. Elvis Francois, an orthopedic surgeon at a Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been spreading hope with his singing.
Music has the unique ability to speak directly to the heart, something Dr. Francois knows well. That’s why he decided to post videos of himself singing with his colleague, Dr. William Robinson, playing on the piano.
The Power of Music to Help Ease Anxieties
Music has the power to unite and bolster people’s spirits in ways that we can only imagine. Because COVID-19 has changed the way we operate as a society, it’s all too easy to feel like things are hopeless. With social distancing in full effect until April 30th across the country, it’s easy to feel isolated in the madness.
With so much time on our hands, it’s easy to obsess over the negative news spreading across the internet. Ultimately, this surplus of negativity motivated Dr. Francois to upload videos of himself singing songs like John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
“When times are as dark as they are today, nothing shines brighter than the human spirit,” he said in his Instagram post. He also encouraged his followers to try and find the beauty in the struggle against the coronavirus superbug.
“The beauty in what we are facing today is that the only way to overcome this pandemic is for us to all come together as one,” he shared with his followers. His choice to sing “Imagine” echoes the sentiments of the celebrity mash-up of the same song led by Gal Gadot.
Using Music to Connect to Our Communities
Like Dr. Francois, here at Recovery Unplugged we also believe that music can help the human spirit shine bright. For many people in both active addiction and recovery, it feels as though things have never been darker.
It’s common to hear that community is the opposite of addiction, and that addiction is isolation. For those in recovery struggling to feel connected to their community, music can serve as a conduit for these connections.
It’s for this reason that Recovery Unplugged incorporates music into every aspect of our programs. On top of using music during treatment, we also do our best to use music to connect with our community, especially now. That’s why we’ve been hosting music on live streams, in our virtual meetings, and more.
How Music Saves Lives At Recovery Unplugged
Because music can uplift us in our darkest moments, it can definitely help those struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Music can help us get to the root emotions that are keeping us from surrendering to a life in recovery.
If you’ve found that you’ve been struggling to see the light during this time, you’re not alone. We’re here to help you get back on track and find peace without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Our admissions team is available 24/7 and is waiting for your call. Reach out today to find out exactly how we use music as our medicine.